Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Psychology and Linguistics & Multilingual Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Psychology and Linguistics & Multilingual Studies

Double major

Programme Type


The Double Major Programme is a four-year direct honours degree programme. Undergraduate students will read two majors chosen from among the disciplinary strengths of the four schools in the College, namely, the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), the School of Humanities (SoH), the School of Social Sciences (SSS), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).
Unlike the existing single discipline-based degrees, this degree will feature two distinct majors within an innovative new structure. As such this is a fully conceived double-disciplinary degree. Students will be admitted into this Double Major degree programme at the point of entry to NTU, and declare their two majors at this point.

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both their majors in both Linguistics and Multilingual Studies and Psychology, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both the School of Humanities(SoH) and the School of Social Sciences(SSS).

The Psychology curriculum offers rigorous training to students in understanding human emotion, cognition and behaviours using scientific methods. The goals of our program focus on fostering critical thinking, methodological and quantitative reasoning skills. Students will complete a wide range of courses including but not limited to abnormal psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, personality and social psychology.

The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies curriculum allows students to explore the many interesting facets of language and communication, from the properties of speech sounds to grammatical and discourse structure, from children's language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies.

4-Year Direct Honours Programme
This is a four-year direct honours degree programme. If your CGPA is 3.0 and above, your Honours stays with you.

Equal Weightage 
Unlike second major, you will receive equal training for both majors. 

Degree Scroll
Both majors will be listed on the degree school. You will be recognised for the effort and time spent for the programme

You may apply to change your programme after your first year. You must meet the minimum requirement set for your admit year and the acceptance of the new selected programme.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in H1 Level Mathematics
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Standard Level
  • A good grade in English at Standard Level

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • A good grade in Additional Mathematics ɸ at Junior High School Level
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level
ɸ Mathematics at Senior High School Level is only applicable to applicants who have not read Additional Mathematics at Junior High School Level.
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
A 4-year direct honours programme.  The core courses equip students with a firm foundation in their two Majors. Students can then choose from a range of prescribed electives in their interests. 


To graduate, students must complete two (2) categories of requirement, totalling at least 138 Academic Units (AUs): 

*Students who are eligible to do the FYP will be strongly encouraged to do an inter-major FYP.  Students whose GPAs fall in a certain range can choose whether or not to do the FYP. Students who do not do the FYP must clear 8 AUs of PEs (two 4000-level courses, one from each discipline) within the double major.

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Courses (ICC):

ICC Curriculum

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE):

BDE Curriculum


I. Psychology Curriculum​

Core [12 AUs]
HP1000 Introduction to Psychology
HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research
HP2100 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology
HP2600 Cognitive Psychology


Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

1. Two (2) HP2XXX courses [6 AUs] 
     Choose two out of five:
    -  HP2200 Biological Psychology
    -  HP2300 Developmental Psychology
    -  HP2400 Social Psychology
    -  HP2500 Personality and Individual Differences
    -  HP2700 Abnormal Psychology

 2. Two (2) HP3XXX courses [6 AUs]

 3. Two (2) HP4XXX level courses [8 AUs], at least one must be a laboratory course 

 4. Remaining 6 AUs from HP2XXX/3XXX/4XXX courses

Psychology Prescribed Electives
HP3002 Positive Psychology
HP3003 The Psychology of Everyday Design
HP3004 The Psychology of Food and Eating
HP3100 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3101 Applied Statistical Methods for Psychological Research
HP3200 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3201 Evolutionary Psychology
HP3202 Primate Behavioural Ecology
HP3203 Conservation Psychology
HP3204 An Ape's Guide to Human Language
HP3205 Animal Behaviour
HP3206 Environmental Psychology
HP3300 Selected Topics in Applied Psychological Sciences
HP3302 Cognitive Development
​HP3303 Geropsychology
HP3400 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3402 Social Cognition
HP3500 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3501 Human Motivation
HP3601 Human Memory
HP3603 Sensation and Perception​
HP3700 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3702 Child Psychopathology
HP3703 Health Psychology
HP3704 Introduction to Neuropsychology
HP3708 Biopsychosocial Criminology
HP3802 Personnel Psychology
HP3804 Psychological Testing
HP3805 Managing Organisational Behavior
HP3806 Consumer Psychology
HP3807 Occupational Health Psychology​
HP3901 Cultural Psychology

Laboratory Courses
(All students who intend to complete a Graduation Project/FYP in Psychology are required to complete one laboratory course before starting the Graduation Project/FYP)
HP4021 Laboratory in Human and Animal Neuroscience
HP4031 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
HP4032 Laboratory in Geropsychology
HP4041 Laboratory in Social Psychology
HP4051 Laboratory in Personality and Individual Differences
HP4061 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
HP4063 Research Lab in Language in Perception and Thought
HP4081 Laboratory in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
HP4091 Current Research in Cultural Psychology

Professional Courses
HP4102 Trauma Psychology, Crisis Intervention and Management
HP4103 Forensic and Criminal Psychology
HP4104 Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology
HP4105 Correctional Psychology
HP4106 Mental Health in the Community
HP4107 Industrial-Organisational Psychology in Practice

HP4002 Qualitative Methods in Psychology
HP4012 Applied Multivariate Methods for Psychological Research
HP4200 Seminar in Selected Topics
HP4201 Technology and Social Behaviour
HP4202 Criminal Behaviour
HP4222 The Neuroscience of Love
HP4232 Development of Self-Regulation
HP4233 Social Cognition in Childhood
HP4242 Advanced Topics in Social Cognition
HP4243 Intergroup Relations
HP4262 Multisensory Integration
HP4271 Cognitive Neuroplasticity
HP4272 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
HP4273 Introduction to Functional Neuroimaging
HP4274 The Last Dance: Psycho-Social-Cultural Perspectives of Death, Dying and Bereavement
HP4281 Psychology of Leadership
HP4500 Seminar in Selected Topics

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II. Linguistics & Multilingual Studies Curriculum​

Core [12 AUs]
HG1001 Mind and Meaning
HG2003 Phonetics and Phonology
HG2020 Language in Society
HG2034 Structure of Modern English

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]
Minimum 1 from HG3000 level, and minimum 2 from HG4000 level

HG2000 level (3 AUs each)
HG2002 Semantics and Pragmatics
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG2015 Investigating Literacy as Social Textual Practice
HG2017 Father-and-Mother Tongues: Languages of SE Asia
HG2021 Intercultural Communication
HG2023 Language and Gender
HG2024 X‐Rated Linguistics: Language, Sexuality and Desire
HG2025 Delectable Tongues: Language and Food
HG2027 Ecolinguistics: Language and the Environment
HG2030 Reading Development and Disorders
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis
HG2035 Singapore’s Languages
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2092 Analysing Spoken Discourse
HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories: A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics
HG2094 Word of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture
HG2095 Codes from the Past: A General Introduction to the History of Cryptography
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology
HG2099 Languages of the World 

HG3000 level (3 AUs each)
HG3005 Research Methods in Linguistics II - Statistical Analysis 
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3012 Deaf Culture and Sign Language 
HG3021 Language Change
HG3022 Sociolinguistics of a Region 
HG3023 Anthropological Linguistics
HG3025 Language Variation
HG3031 Methods in Sociolinguistics 
HG3043 Malay Linguistics 1 - History and Structure 
HG3047 Experimenting with Spoken Language 

HG4000 level (4 AUs each)
HG4011 Language and the Brain
HG4012 Structure of Sign Language
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4023 Language Planning and Policy
HG4024 Social Theories and Language
HG4025 Linguistic Ethnography
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization 
HG4030 Conversation Analysis
HG4031 Multimodality in Situated Contexts
HG4033 Advanced Conversation Analysis
HG4040 Phonological Theory
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4042 How and Why Languages Differ
HG4043 Language Universals and Language Types 
HG4044 Language Evolution
HG4046 Malay Linguistics 2 - Dialectology and Language Contact 
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology 
HG4049 Semantic Analysis
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics 
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition
HG4063 Advanced World Englishes
​HG4070 Experimental Phonetics
HG4071 The Meat of Speech: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking and Hearing​

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III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

8 AUs
Students must clear at least 8 AUs from the Inter-Major Prescribed Electives listed below. 
(Note: Courses listed as Inter-Major PEs can be counted as Major PEs)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Psychology:
All listed Psychology MPEs can be counted towards Inter-Major PE requirement.

Inter-Major PE offerings from Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2013 Child Language
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG2016 Language and Music
HG2030 Reading Developments and Disorders
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG3017 Advanced Study of Language and Literacy in Infancy
HG4011 Language and the Brain
HG4013 Multilingualism across the Lifespan
HG4015 Psycholinguistics

Graduates will acquire valuable intellectual skills, such as analytical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation, and clarity of expression. This means making insightful observations, formulating clear, testable hypotheses, generating predictions, making arguments and drawing conclusions, and communicating findings to a wider community.

Career paths may include areas such as the civil service, marketing, journalism, language therapy, childcare, health and education. 

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